UC Offers Major in Information Technology

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Students with an interest in technology have the opportunity to pursue their passion by earning an associate or bachelor’s degree in Information Technology (IT) at University of the Cumberlands (UC).

The IT program at UC integrates technical skill and general education knowledge, while prioritizing intellectual research and providing resources for students to communicate their scientific knowledge in real-world settings.

“One key differentiator for our program is that many of our courses are mapped to industry certifications,” said Dr. Donnie Grimes, chair of UC’s School of Computer and Information Sciences and vice president for information services. “Since employers use certifications as a way to validate knowledge, our graduates will have a much easier time getting jobs. They will also command much higher starting salaries.”

With technology continuing to play an ever more prominent role in the world, a degree in IT has become increasingly valuable. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor predicts that between 3.9 and 4.4 million jobs in the field will become available between 2014 and 2024.

“Because of the shortage of skilled workers and the flexibility of working wherever, our graduates will have the perfect opportunity to get a very high paying job virtually anywhere in the country,” Grimes said.

In addition to the general IT degree, students can pursue specialized study in cybersecurity, software engineering, infrastructure and management. When they’re not in the classroom, the School of Computer and Information Sciences also offers opportunities for students to expand their skills through participation in UC’s Cyber League team or various work placements.

“The IT major has pushed me to be the best I can be,” said Tyler Watson, a sophomore from Kingston, Tennessee, majoring in IT. “It has set me up to be well-educated and experienced when I get out into the real world. I hope to continue to gain more knowledge and experience as I progress through the program.”

The IT undergraduate major is offered both online and on campus to allow students flexibility as they pursue their education. The School of Computer and Information Sciences also offers graduate programs that are entirely online for students wishing to further their education in the field.

Located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, University of the Cumberlands is an institute of regional distinction that currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major areas of study; 10 pre-professional programs; 10 graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certificates in education; and online programs.